Pentax Q7 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 5-15mm Q Lens (27.5-83.0mm 35mm equiv) - Red / Bk

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About Pentax Q7

Ramp up your fun and your image size with the Pentax Q7, the smallest, lightest interchangeable lens system in the world, now featuring an upgraded 1/1.7inch, back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, available in 120 edgy color combinations that are sure to match your personality and style.

Expand your artistic endeavors with the Q-mount's family of seven specialty lenses including, prime, zoom, wide-angle, fish-eye, and the new mount-shield lens for a dreamy pinhole-camera effect. Maximize your creativity with the Q7's outstanding bokeh control, and its 19 smart effects and filters, all with multi-layering capabilities, for more expression and image quality than your cell phone ever dreamt of.

Never miss a colorful moment with high-speed start-up, in-body sensor-shift shake reduction and high sensitivity shooting up to ISO 12800 for gorgeous, low-light imagery. Share your shots with eye-fi card compatibility for fast and easy image transfer.

Pocket your super-compact, lightweight Q7 and take your colors with you everywhere you go for effortless, inspired photography-at the party, on the beach, or even on your way to work. It's your world, your camera, your way, with the PENTAX Q7.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Compact (5),Easy to use (4),Great resolution (4),Good battery life (3),Fast shutter speed (3)
Best Uses:
Travel (4),Family photos (4),Wildlife (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (3)

Pentax Q7 Features

  • Customizable in 120 colors: Have some fun, or design something with a special someone in mind, and custom create a super unique Q7 - choose from 120 bold color combinations that are sure to match any personality and style.
  • Q-Mount Compatible with system of lenses: Choose from a family of seven specialty Pentax lenses to use with your Q7-prime, zoom, wide-angle, fish-eye, and the new mount-shield lens for a dreamy pinhole-camera effect. A Q-mount to K-mount adapter is also available for purchase.
  • Upgraded 1/1.7inch, back-illuminated CMOS image sensor: Now featuring an upgraded 1/1.7inch, back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, with 12.4 megapixels for larger, more beautiful pictures than ever.
  • Smart Effects Modes & Creative User Modes: Use the Q7's 19 different smart effects, creative user modes and filters, all with multi-layering capabilities, for more expression with higher image quality than your cell phone ever dreamt of.
  • Enhancements: Enhance your digital photography by applying any series of these effects to your images-Brilliant Color, Vintage Color, Warm Fade, Bold Monochrome, and Water Color are just some of the Smart Effects available, which can also be assigned to the Q7's Quick Dial.
  • Bokeh Control: The Q7 assists the experienced and casual photographer alike by offering a fine degree of extra control over imagebokeh via an in-camera filter operation.
  • Customized Quick Dial: Conveniently choose from a variety of creative modes, Smart Effect options, or camera settings to assign to the Q7's Quick Dial located on the front of the camera.
  • In-body Sensor-Shift Shake Reduction (SR) Mechanism: Capture stabilized, blur and dust free images even in low lighting courtesy of the Q7's sensor-shift Shake Reduction system with integrated DRII Dust Reduction.
  • Eye-Fi Card Compatibility: With Eye-Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards, the user can automatically transmit recorded images to a smartphone, and even select favorite images and resize them before transmission.
  • 3-Inch LCD Monitor with advanced anti-reflection coating: The high quality LCD features HVGA resolution with 460,000 dots, as well as viewing angles up to 170 degrees horizontally and vertically, now with an advanced anti-reflection coating, perfect for use in bright sunlight.
  • Fast shooting at 5 FPS and shutter speeds from 1/2000 to 30 seconds: Shutter speeds range from 1/2000 to 30 seconds, perfect for freezing fast action or capturing long nighttime exposures. Bulb mode adds flexibility for low light photography and motion effects.
  • Fast Autofocus: An upgraded auto focus algorithm and image sensor contribute to faster and more accurate auto focus performance than previous models.
  • ISO Speeds up to 12800: High sensitivity shooting up to 12800 ISO range improves noise performance throughout, even in low lighting.
  • Traditional DSLR Modes: Experienced photographers will enjoy the power and flexibility of traditional DSLR shooting modes such as Program, Aperture/Shutter Priority, and Metered Manual exposure control. Yet casual shooters will appreciate the highly convenient auto modes such as the set-it-and-forget-it PENTAX Auto Picture and 21 scene modes.
  • In-body raw development: The Q7 includes SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3 software for powerful and flexible RAW file processing. In-camera RAW image development is also supported for quick output of your enhanced jpegs.
  • HDR Capture: In-camera HDR capture mode shoots 3 images of varying exposures, blending them to bring out the details in even the darkest shadows and brightest highlights of extreme contrast shots.
  • Full 1080p h.264 HD video recording: Shoot high quality motion video with stunning full 1080p HD clarity at 30 frames per second. The Q7 efficiently processes the full HD video using high quality h.264 compression for superior color and detail.
  • HDMI Port: A built-in micro HDMI port is perfect for outputting high resolution images and video, with sound, to modern HDTVs.
  • Built-In Popup Flash: The Q7's built-in popup flash adds the perfect amount of extra light to an image, while its high extension naturally reduces the red-eye effect common to compact cameras. The Q7's flash is effective to 23 feet at 200 ISO, and covers a wide angle 28 degree field of view.
  • SD, SDHC, SDXC compatible: The Q7 is compatible with the latest generation SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards for ultra-high capacity storage as well as outstanding image file portability.
  • External Viewfinder Available for Purchase: The External Viewfinder O-VF1 makes an excellent accessory to the Q7, offering outstanding compositional framing, even in the brightest sunlight where viewing an LCD screen can sometimesbe a challenge.

Pentax Q7 Specifications

Camera Type
Lens-interchangeable SL digital-still camera (Digital Hybrid ILC)
Type: 1/1.7" Backlit CMOS w/ primary color filter
Effective pixels: 12.4MP
Total pixels: 12.76MP
Recorded Resolutions Still JPEG
Recorded Resolutions RAW
Quality Levels
Quality Levels: RAW (12bit): DNG, JPEG: Best, Better, Good
RAW and JPEG simultaneously recordable
LCD Monitor
Type: 3.0-inch TFT color LCD monitor, wide angle viewing, AR coating
LCD resolution: 460,000 dots
Adjustable: Brightness and Color
Field of View: approx. 100%,
Display info: Grid display (4x4 Grid, Golden Section, Scale display), Bright/dark area warning, Histogram
Focus System
Type: Contrast detection AF
Autofocus Method: Face Detection, Tracking, AF Select (25 Points), Select, Spot
Focus Method: AF / MF Switching
Brightness Range: EV0 to 18 (ISO100)
AF Assist Light: Dedicated LED Lamp
Manual Focus Assist: OFF/x2/x4
Focus Peaking: Yes
Lens Mount
Type: PENTAX bayonet Q-mount
Usable lenses: Q-mount lenses, K-mount lenses (w/ Adapter Q for K Lens)
Type: Built-in retractable P-TTL flash
Guide number: approx. 4.9 (ISO100/m) / approx. 7 (ISO200/m)
Angle of view: coverage: wide angle-lens, equivalent to 28mm in 35mm format
Flash modes: P-TTL, Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync
Sync Speed: Lens shutter: 1/2000 seconds, Electronic shutter: 1/13 seconds
Flash Exposure Compensation: -2.0 to +1.0 EV
Storage Media
Removable memory: SD, SDHC, SDXC and Eye-Fi Card
Ports: USB 2.0 (high-speed compatible) / AV output terminal, HDMI output terminal (Type D)
Video out: NTSC, PAL
USB Connection: MSC / PTP
Image Stabilization
Still:Sensor shift Shake Reduction
Metering System
Type: TTL image sensor metering, segment metering, center-weighted metering, spot metering

Exposure compensation: EV1 - 17 (ISO 100, F1.9 lens), +2EV using the Electronic Shutter setting or using the built-in ND filter
ISO Sensitivity
AUTO: ISO 100 to 12800 (1/3 EV steps)
Bulb mode: up to ISO 1600
White Balance
AutoTTL by CMOS image sensor
Preset: Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D: Daylight Color, N: Daylight White, W: Cool White, L: Warm White), Tungsten, Flash, CTE, Manual

Manual: Configured on the monitor (up to 3 settings can be saved), White balance can be copied from saved image
Fine Adjustment: Adjustable ±7 steps on A-B axis or G-M axis
Type: Lens shutter: 1/2000 - 30 seconds (1/3EV step, 1/8000 - 30 seconds when Electronic Shutter setting is enabled), Bulb

Shooting at 1/8000 - 2 seconds with Electronic Shutter and Bulb shooting are not available when using a lens that has no
Capture Modes Program
Program Auto Exposure, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual Exposure, Bulb, Blur Control
Capture Modes Auto
Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Blue Sky, Forest
Capture Modes Scene
Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue Sky, Forest, Night Scene,Night Scene HDR*, Night Snap, HDR, Quick Macro, Food, Pet, Kids, Surf&Snow, Backlight Silhouette, Candlelight, Stage Lighting, Museum
Face Detection
Custom Image
Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing
Digital Filter (capture)
Toy Camera, High Contrast, Shading, Slim, HDR, Invert Color, Extract Color, Color, Water Color, Posterization, Fish-eye
HDR Capture
Auto, HDR 1, HDR 2
Smart Effect
Brilliant Color, Unicolor Bold, Vintage Color, Cross Processing, Warm Fade, Tone Expansion, Bold Monochrome, Water Color, Vibrant Color Enhance, USER 1 to 3
Other Effects
Bold Monochrome, Water Color, Vibrant Color Enhance, USER 1 to 3
Multi-Exposure: Number of shots: 2-9, Exposure adjusted automatically.
Dynamic Range Adjustment: Highlight and/or Shadow correction
Interval Shooting: Shooting interval: 3 sec. to 24 hr., Start Interval setting: immediately from the set time. Number of shots: up to 999 images
Green Simplified Mode
Drive Modes
Single frame, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-timer (12s, 2s), Remote Control (0 sec., 3 sec., continuous), Exposure Bracketing (3 frames, remote control), Multi-exposure (0 sec., Self-time, remote control), Interval Shooting
Continuous Shooting
Continuous Shooting: Approx. 5 fps, JPEG (12M / best/ Continuous Hi): up to 5 frames,
Approx. 1.5 fps, JPEG (12M / best/ Continuous Lo): up to 100 frames
Other Drive Modes
Self-timer: Yes (12 sec, 2 sec)
Remote control: Yes (Instant, 3 sec. Delay, Continuous)
EV Compensation: ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
AE Lock: Can be assigned to the green/delete button from the menu.
Continuous as long as the shutter release button is pressed halfway.
Playback View
Single frame, multi-image display (4, 9, 30, 56 segments), displaymagnification (up to 16x, scrolling and quick magnification available), rotating, histogram (Yhistogram, RGB histogram), bright/dark area warning, detailed information, folder display, date display, slideshow.
Playback Digital Filters
Base Parameter Adjustment, Toy Camera, High Contrast, Shading, Tone Expansion, Invert Color, Extract Color, Unicolor Bold, Water Color, Posterization, Slim, Fish-eye, Retro, Soft, Sketch Filter, Miniature, Soft, Starburst
Playback RAW Development
File Format (JPEG), Aspect Ratio, Color Space, Custom Image, White Balance, Sensitivity, High-ISO NR, Shadow Correction, Distortion Correction
Playback Edit
Resize, Cropping (aspect ratio adjustment available), Index, Movie Editing (divide or deleteselected frames), Capturing a JPEG still picture from a movie, Red-eye Edit, Saving buffer as a RAW file
Playback Delete
Delete single image, delete all images, select & delete, delete folder, delete instant review image MOVIE
Movie File Format
MOVMPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (.mov)
Movie Recorded Pixels
FullHD (1920x1080,16:9,30fps/25fps/24fps), HD (1280x720,16:9,30fps/25fps/24fps), VGA (640x480,4:3,30fps/25fps/24fps)
Movie Sound
Built-in monaural microphone
Movie Custom Image
Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film,Monochrome, Cross Processing
Movie Digital Filter
Toy Camera, High Contrast, Shading, Tone Expansion, Invert Color, Extract Color, Unicolor Bold, Water Color, Posterization, Slim, Fish-eye
Movie Interval Movie
Recording interval: 3 sec., 5 sec., 10 sec., 30 sec., 1 min., 5 min., 10 min., 30 min., 1 hr.
Movie Recording Time
12 sec. to 99 hr.
Movie Start Interval Setting
Immediately, from the set time
File Formats
Still: RAW (DNG), JPEG (Exif 2.3), DCF2.0 compliant
Movie: MOVMPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (.mov)
Custom Functions
Mode Memory
10 items
Button/Dial Customization
Green/Delete button: Green Button, Preview, One Push File Format, AE Lock, Enable AF
Quick Dial
Smart Effect, Custom Image, Digital Filter, Aspect Ratio
World Time
World Time settings for 75 cities (28 time zones)
English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese
Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI68
Battery Time
Number of recordable images: approx. 250 images (with 50% flash usage), approx. 260 images (without flash usage) Playback time: approx.160 minutes
AC Adapter
K-AC115 (optional)
System Requirements
For device connectivity. Bundled software requirements may vary

Windows: Windows XP (SP3 or later, 32-bit Home/Pro), Windows Vista (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows 8 / Can be run as a 32-bit application on any 64-bit Edition of Windows

Mac: Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6, or 10.7, USB port
Construction material(s): Reinforced polycarbonate plastic
Operating temperature: 32-104°F
Dimensions (WxHxD)
4 x 2.3 x 1.32" (101.6 x 58.4 x 33.5mm)
Without battery or removable memory: approx. 6.35oz (180g)
With battery and memory card: approx. 7oz (200g)
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Pentax Q7 Reviews

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Reviewed by 6 customers


Way better than expected!


from Uxbridge, MA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I bring this camera and all three lenses (I bought the prime "normal" too) in an insert in my bag. I take it everywhere instead of a point and shoot. The rig is far more versatile and the pictures way better quality than a point and shoot. I keep being surprised -- almost shocked -- at the high quality of the pictures. The colors are bright and true, the focus crisp. There is a hard-to-describe magic to the pictures that is hard to pin down -- a bit unearthly maybe? Whatever it is, I love the pictures I take with this camera. The camera and three lenses weights about the same as the P&S I used to carry everywhere. It does not take the place of a bigger camera and its smallness has limits ... but the range of its capabilities is amazing and gratifying.


Most fun I've had with a camera in years


from Massachusetts  -  Photo Enthusiast

It's hard to explain why it's so much fun. The quality of pictures is much better than you would expect from such a small camera. The color balance is super and pictures -- even those taken from a moving car on a bumpy road -- are sharp. The autofocus is snappy, the little gyroscope is a big plus. The lenses range from pretty fast at f2.8, to very fast at f1.8. There is a an unreal quality to the pictures that's hard to explain or pin down. Something about the overall "look" of the pictures. A painterly quality. Subtle. Others have said it and I echo their sentiment: Pentax Q7 puts the fun back into photography. It's small enough to carry everywhere, yet yield much better pictures than an equivalent point and shoot. I have other cameras. I have better cameras. Bigger cameras. But none that are more fun than this wonderful little interchangeable lens rig.


Short battery life


from NY  -  Semi-Pro Photographer

The good news: It's small and portable and the build quality is okay. It's solidly built, and even though it's small, it's not too small to handle with big hands. Image quality is okay for a small sensor, but it doesn't do well in low light. Buyer beware: I'm not getting very many photos out of a single charged battery. If I had to buy this again, I would get not one but two extra batteries. Every time I take it out of my bag, it seems to give me the "battery depleted" sign.


Really Good Camera


from Sunderland, UK  -  Photo Enthusiast

Great camera! I was surprised by image quality. Good exposure and color rendition. The only con is that I was REALLY disapointed by video quality


great system


from Dubai  -  Casual Photographer

Exactly what I'm looking for - creative system, that is easy to carry around for a non professional photographer & enough quality to be more than satisfactory.




from U.S.A.  -  Semi-Pro Photographer

This is a great compact camera for the photographer on the go, it is light weight and a good solution to bad tiny digital cameras.

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